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Posted at 8:44 AM ET, 06/23/2006

Friday Morning Mix

By Liz Kelly


Britney dyes her hair black!*...

Paparazzo arrested after trying to photograph Angelina Jolie's son outside daycare center...

Katharine McPhee says she battled bulimia...

Comedy Central to roast William Shatner in August...

Rihanna to appear on "All My Children"...

Tori Spelling rushes home to sick father...

Andy Warhol's silver wig (complete with toupee tape) sells for $10,800...

Rob Lowe gets OK to build massive California estate...

Reese Witherspoon suing Star magazine for pregnancy story...

Arizona police say DMX had concealed gun...

Selma Blair, Ahmet Zappa divorcing...

*More Britney Fashion Commentary: The Post's Robin Givhan turns her attention to Spears' image in today's Oops, Again and Again:

Pregnancy cleavage can be a beautiful development, but serving up one's bosom like melons at a picnic is aggressively self-indulgent, enormously distracting and, unless you're auditioning for a spread in Penthouse, unnecessarily vulgar.

By Liz Kelly  | June 23, 2006; 8:44 AM ET
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When I first saw the pic, I thought it was Angelina.... and did a double take. Coincidence?? methinks not.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 23, 2006 9:37 AM | Report abuse

I thought so too! I think she looks great.

On the cleavage topic, my pregnant friends lament to me that they have a hard time finding appropriate maternity wear that doesn't showcase cleavage. Though I will admit that the shirt was unflattering whether we're talking about pregnancy cleavage or not.

I read elsewhere that she arranged the Matt Lauer interview on her own and didn't have stylists and handlers there to help/primp her. It looks like she did the prepwork herself and perhaps this is the *real* Britney so its somewhat unfortunate that she's getting torn up for it. Would we rather see her airbrushed and polished to perfection? Maybe, but it jars with every other paparazzi image we've seen, and then we'd probably all talk about how fake she was.

Posted by: ml | June 23, 2006 10:00 AM | Report abuse

I don't think that is Britney - she doesn't look crappy enough. Seriously...

Posted by: AKMITC | June 23, 2006 10:12 AM | Report abuse

As a formerly pregnant woman I am here to testify that although I lamented the look of my clothing with my ever expanding bust and belly lines, I never looked like that, and even on my limited budget I could find much more flattering attire. Where I come from, we were taught to always put our best foot forward, to sit like a lady, and to spit out our gum when in public...but I guess I'm just country.

Posted by: Maybe Jones | June 23, 2006 10:42 AM | Report abuse

that is so true Maybe Jones! Even if she did the makeup herself, she had no excuse to look a hot mess

Posted by: MK | June 23, 2006 12:27 PM | Report abuse

I prefer her appearance when she has professionals to help her look her best.

Posted by: Tom Canick | June 23, 2006 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Ms. Jones does have a point. In the Army, which was completely dominated by Southerners when I was in, I was taught to swallow my gum (or tobacco), and to extinguish a cigarette in my palm and to pocket the butt when something important was happening.

I believe that Britney is like a puppy or kitten removed from her mother too soon: she has had to develop her values under very different circumstances than ... the rest of us. When I consider her in that light, she may be doing much better than some people would in similar circumstance. Perhaps she is an example to show that money (of which she has gobs) cannot smooth the edges as efficiently as good parental influence combined with a less-monied, more ordinary upbringing.

Posted by: Tom Canick | June 23, 2006 1:54 PM | Report abuse

By the way, I'm kind of equating Ms. Jones' "country" with "Southern [and country]." No offense intended.

Posted by: Tom Canick - corrections | June 23, 2006 1:57 PM | Report abuse

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